Ten Pin Porter! | Ska Brewing Co.

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Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 03-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 217
Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a mild roasted coffee. Starts with a mild roasted coffee flavor and finishes with a slight bitterness. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Super 7-Even Raleigh, NC.

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber dipped in Blue Wax Poured a dark mostly opaque caramel brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolatey with notes of coffee,licorice and is also slightly vinous. The body is medium to full and softly carbonated. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Flavor is quite nice. Roasted malt, cocoa, espresso and finishing slightly dry and sweet. Overall a fine Porter and one I’d recommend.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more of a ddep amber than brown with almost no head to speak of,aromas deeply roasted malt and and coffee are dominant.Taste is of dark roast coffee and earthy/nutty with a little odd soapy aftertaste to it.A pretty decent porter first beer from Ska may try some others.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a big splash of ruby. I'm able to see light all the way through the beer, so it's not overly dark. The head is light tan, is on the small side, falls to a thin film and leaves an average amount of lace in ragged rings. The nose is roasted malty with a suggestion of coffee, but is too underpowered.

The flavor is an improvement on both the appearance and the aroma. The taste buds are treated to roasted malt with an undercurrent of dark chocolate and weak black coffee. There's more sweetness than in many porters, but it works out fine.

The flavor profile isn't deep or complex. Still, TPP! is a flavorful American porter. The finish is medium in length and the mouthfeel is medium for the style. Thicker and richer would be better, but it's really okay for the ABV.

Ska Ten Pin Porter! is good beer (a spare), not great beer (a strike). I could see myself drinking it on a semi-regular basis if it was available in this region of the country.

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Photo of Crosling
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent porter. A notch below Colorado's best porter (Cutthroat Porter) but still pretty damn tasty!

Exceptional looking for a porter. Nearly pitch black with a nice lace and a nice head.

Aroma is dry and roasty with coffee, chocolate, burnt wood and some fruits.

Roasted malts are dry on the palate. Chocolate, caramel, subtle coffee and lightly hopped. Very tasty!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep,dark brown brown color, big, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: creamy, vanila-ish, soda-like, high carbonation.
Taste: nice, high carbonation, cola-flavor continues, rich, tasty flavor, nicely roasted, as any decent porter should be, ...tasty, yes, hints of chocolate, whispers of espresso, a very nice, average porter.

Much thanks to vitiola for this one!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 2nd week of September. Pours a ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that mostly diminishes and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy vegetal malts with some chocolate and smoke and metallic notes.

The flavor is slightly sweet and lactic roasted chocolate malts and some smoke. It has a strong burnt bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium and pretty creamy.

Overall, a very fine porter - very burnt and roasted. I think this pretty underrated.

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Photo of Realale
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black with brown highlights. Fine, creamy 1/2" head settles to a thin, incomplete cap.

Nose is toasty chocolate, with an over-whelming dose of dark roasted coffee. Some leafy hop notes as well.

Medium weight in the mouth. Coffee takes over on the palate, although the chocolate tries its best to add some complexity. No real hop presence on the palate. Some yeasty fruitiness develops at the end. Decent length. Carbonation seems a little harsh, or perhaps its the water treatment. Just too much roast barley for me.

Thanks to MJR for the sample!

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Photo of MJR
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. The color gives the impression of a murky, cloudy brew, but it's quite clear when held to a strong light. It's tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a wispy covering with a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: If I had to pick one word to describe the aroma, it would be 'fresh.' This smell of this beer just reeks of freshly milled grains. It has a big dose of coffee-like roasted grains, with a bit of caramel underneath. There's also hints of licorice and diacytel. Balancing it all out is a bit of herbal hops.

Taste: The freshness of the aroma carries over into the flavor. There's a point where newly fermented beer looses it's 'green' flavor and is fully ready. This beer seems to be right at that point. Loads of roasted grains, caramel, and chocolate combine with hints of licorice and an earthy graininess and are balanced by a herbal hop bitterness to form an extremely impressive porter. Lengthy finish with a roasted grain dryness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a smooth mouthfeel. If there were more residual sugars in the body, this one would be near perfect. Finishes dry and delicious.

Drinkability: Damn good! This is a fantastic porter! I want more of this...now!

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Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Murky dark brown color. Fluffy full beige tan. Smell was perfect combination of roasted chocolate, toasted carmel toffee, and a hint of hops. Rich and inviting. Great tasting roasted chocholate taste, hints or carmel as well. Slight shot of bitterness finishes, then roasted chocolate bitterness lingers. Great taste through and through. Supersmooth feel, full bodied and full flavored to the end. Light carbonation. Takes Porters to a new level for me.
Hats off to the Belgianbum for the trade.

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Photo of Murph
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thin head that ran away quickly. The smell is loaded with roasted/burnt aromas and a chocolate sweetness as well . The flavor starts off with the roasted bitterness but that is soon subdued by the chocolate flavors. There is an aftertaste of smokiness as well. The beer is smooth across the mouth and very drinkable. Wow, what an awesome porter. Great burnt characteristics but a nice balance too. One of my top 5 or so porters.

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Photo of pbrian
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting porter. Like a dark, fruity ESB almost. Molassas and caramel notes linger. Fruityness again. Fresh tasting. A little flat, but tasty.

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Photo of Todd
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, cool label though.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/near black beer with ruby edges. Head is pretty decent to start, then settles to a tan cream lace -- retains the lace for its lifetime.

Smell: Luscious malty aroma of caramel, light fruit, touch of molasses and freshly milled grains. I have to mention that the aroma is really fresh, like one of the best to have sneaked up my nostrils in a long time -- or maybe it's the homebrewer in me who likes the aroma of milled malt?

Taste: Loads of malt goodness in this beer! Nice rich, robust body and character. Mouthfeel is very smooth, silky smooth and even. Caramel, fruity, woody/earthy notes, roasted bite, chocolate and grain flavours meld nicely with a extremely balanced hop bitterness and faint herbal background. Finish is a bit burnt, with notes of grain and a dryness on the palate.

Notes: Ga damn! This is one helluva porter! Robust, flavourful, highly drinkable and the brewers are into Ska to boot. I'll have another please ...

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

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